Plight (?), obs.

imp. & p. p. of Plight, to pledge.

Chaucer.

 

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Plight, obs.

imp. & p. p. of Pluck.

Chaucer.

 

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Plight, v. t. [OE. pliten; probably through Old French, fr. LL. plectare, L. plectere. See Plait, Ply.]

To weave; to braid; to fold; to plait.

[Obs.] "To sew and plight."<-- in the sense of fold, = pleat [plait 2 in MW10]-->

Chaucer.

A plighted garment of divers colors. Milton.

 

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Plight (?), n.

A network; a plait; a fold; rarely a garment.

[Obs.] "Many a folded plight."<-- = pleat -->

Spenser.

 

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Plight, n. [OE. pliht danger, engagement, AS. pliht danger, fr. pleon to risk; akin to D. plicht duty, G. pflicht, Dan. pligt. &root;28. Cf. Play.]

1.

That which is exposed to risk; that which is plighted or pledged; security; a gage; a pledge.

"That lord whose hand must take my plight."

Shak.

2. [Perh. the same word as plight a pledge, but at least influenced by OF. plite, pliste, ploit, ploi, a condition, state; cf. E. plight to fold, and F. pli a fold, habit, plier to fold, E. ply.]

Condition; state; -- risk, or exposure to danger, often being implied; as, a luckless plight.

"Your plight is pitied."

Shak.

To bring our craft all in another plight Chaucer.

 

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Plight, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plighted; p. pr. & vb. n. Plighting.] [AS. plihtan to expose to danger, pliht danger;cf. D. verplichten to oblige, engage, impose a duty, G. verpflichten, Sw. forplikta, Dan. forpligte. See Plight, n.]

1.

To pledge; to give as a pledge for the performance of some act; as, to plight faith, honor, word; -- never applied to property or goods. " To do them plighte their troth."

Piers Plowman.

He plighted his right hand Unto another love, and to another land. Spenser.

Here my inviolable faith I plight. Dryden.

2.

To promise; to engage; to betroth.

Before its setting hour, divide The bridegroom from the plighted bride. Sir W. Scott.

 

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